Month: January 2013

How are things in your, “Nest?”

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When looking at the multitude of new home management products released each year, occasionally something grabs my attention as truly innovative and out of the box. Recently I stumbled across something called, “Nest.” On the outside this looks like an iPod touch and a digital thermostat had a baby. After some research into the product, it’s that and a host of other features.

On the surface the Nest appears like a cool, easy to read, digital thermostat. It’s second generation model works in line as a learning thermostat. This means an internal CPU picks up on common trends and adjusts itself automatically for those.

Here is what sets the Nest apart. First, the nest has a motion sensor. If it notices motion in a room that corresponds with the temperature adjusting to 70 (i.e. if you walk into the room and turn up the thermostat) then upon detecting motion it will automatically adjust the temperature. If the Nest notices that a lack of motion corresponds to the temperature being lowered, (i.e. you lower the temperature when you leave for work) then it will lower it automatically as well.

If you wake up at about the same time each morning, turn up the heat, then turn it down when you leave, the nest will do that automatically. It can even be preset to raise and lower the temperature at certain times. 

If that wasn’t enough, the Nest also complies graphs on energy usage, showing your peak consumption and offering tips on how to save energy. You can even link it with your wi-fi network and access it from any computer, tablet or smart phone and adjust the temperature on the go. If you left your Deep Creek home and forgot to turn down the temp, no big deal, grab your phone and adjust it. If you are headed to the lake and want your house nice and warm, adjust it from your phone or PC before you leave, or on the way.

What makes the Nest so attractive to us, as property managers, is that it doesn’t require extensive, high tech and costly set-up. All that is required is the Nest unit, a wireless network and a low voltage thermostat hook up. A free app download syncs the unit with Android and iOS, and online access works via a PC or Mac. 

Check out the video below along with Nest’s website. If you are interested in having a Nest of your own, contact us today for installation.



Gaining peace of mind and enjoying your time at Deep Creek Lake …

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All gave some, some gave all.

Renovation : Remodeling : Property Management: Landscaping and more

DCL HomeWorks is a member of the Maryland Home Improvement Commission: (MHIC) #: 95329

DCL HomeWorks is also a member of the Maryland Home Builders Registry: (MHBR) #: 5418

DCL HomeWorks is a satellite member of the National Association of the Re-modeling Industry (NARI) Organization #: 12630192

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DCL HomeWorks has only one mission: to make Deep Creek Lake a second home paradise for home owners. The lake area has been a reprieve from stressful city life for generations and here at HomeWorks, we want to ensure you maximize every minute of your time at the lake. We want to make DCL more than just a part-time home or vacation destination but a place that truly holds a special place in your heart.

Over the past 14 years, we have compiled a network of licensed, insured and experienced contractors to manage, fix and renovate any issue a lake home can present. As your single point of contact for any property/home related concern, we want to make sure that caring for or expanding your DCL home is painless, fun and unforgettable.

When you reach Sidling Hill (coming from DC or Baltimore) or turn onto 1-79 (coming from Pittsburgh) your mind should slip into a state of relaxation, improved by the certainty of knowing your home has been professionally cared for.

If you’re ready to make Deep Creek Lake more than just a getaway, contact DCL HomeWorks today.

Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland:

Oakland-Deep_Creek_LakeDeep Creek Lake is Maryland’s largest inland body of water. Like all Maryland lakes, it is man made. Composed of 3,900 acres of water and 69 miles of shoreline, the lake is the perfect retreat for boating, water skiing and swimming. In the summer months the lake’s water temperature reaches the mid-seventies and a variety of native freshwater fish make it perfect for anglers. During the winter months the lake freezes solid offering ice fishermen an exciting getaway. The ancient sport of ice-boating is still practiced on the lake, with both winter and summer adventure sports being popular.

The surrounding area offers a variety of state parks. Deep Creek Lake state park offers hiking, swimming, mountain biking and breath taking views. Swallow Falls State Park boasts Maryland’s largest waterfall. Herrington Manor state park, Big Run state forest and New Germany state park are all a stone’s throw away from the lake area.

img_0107-1200Wisp Resort is located in McHenry, Maryland offering skiing in the winter along with a variety of summer activities. ASCI (Adventure Sports Center International) is nearby and serves as one of the world’s only artificial white water rivers.




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